Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, 9 & 10 p.m. Garrett’s passion for forecasting and weather comes from growing up in the small Arkansas town of Alma.

Garrett has witnessed some of the most amazing weather events unfold in our area including the 1996 Van Buren tornado, the crippling ice storms of 2000 & 2009, the flooding of 2004, 2006 Benton County tornado, & the 2011 Altus-Denning EF4 Twister.

“At the end of the day, people just want to know whether or not it’s going to rain & how much the weather will impact their life. Snow, tornadoes, rain, sunshine… weather is the only thing that affects everybody… everyday. I love my job. There’s nothing in the world better than forecasting weather for Arkansas & Oklahoma.”

Some of his most memorable weather moments stem from storm chasing in the Great Plains, including the May 3, 1999 outbreak which spawned several tornadoes in Central Oklahoma. Garrett also reported live in 100mph winds as Hurricane Lili made landfall near New Iberia, Louisiana.

Garrett joined 5NEWS on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. Garrett holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather.

In addition, Garrett has been awarded both the ‘National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval’ Seal #1581 and the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. Seal #0410878. Garrett has been recognized by the Arkansas Associated Press for his weathercasts including the award of ‘Best Weathercast’ multiple times.

Off camera, Garrett sits on the board of the Benton County Children’s Advocacy Center and the State of Arkansas’ board for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. Both advocate for child protection and for the prevention and treatment of sexually or physically abused children.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 13 years and have a son & daughter.

Recent Articles
  • Scattered Monday Storms, Tuesday Night Complex

    Current radar shows scattered showers and thunderstorms developing across the area for Monday afternoon and evening. The majority of these storms won’t be severe but could contain heavy downpours with frequent lightning. Attention will then turn to this complex of showers and thunderstorms that will arrive in the area late Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Some of these storms will likely be severe with the risk of damaging winds being the main threat. On Wednesday afternoon, another round of scattered thunderstorms […]

  • WATCH: Scattered Rain Today, Storms Late Tuesday

    Scattered rain will be possible today with more of us seeing rain today compared to Sunday. The rain will gradually end by late this evening. After being mostly dry Tuesday during the day, a complex of thunderstorms will blow into the area overnight into Wednesday.     Highs today:

  • Comfortable Monday, Humid By Late-Week

    Low humidity has led to a very comfortable airmass across NW Arkansas and the Greater Fort Smith area. Mostly sunny skies will continue for Monday evening into Tuesday with the humidity slowly increasing throughout the upcoming work-week. The first chance for rain to watch is Tuesday night into Wednesday with the best rain chances locally on Wednesday. Even then, it appears to be only a few scattered showers or thunderstorms possible either in the morning or in the late afternoon […]

  • Warmer, Calmer Weekend Ahead

    As the upper low pressure system finally (and slowly) exits to our east, we’ll see calmer weather for the weekend. While no organized rainfall is in the forecast, there’s a chance a stray shower or thunderstorms could develop with peak daytime heating but even this appears to be a remote chance for both Saturday & Sunday. Humidity will still be high for this week so expect muggy mid-80s that probably feel more like the low 90s. Looking ahead, a weak […]

  • ArDOT Patches Up Possible Sinkhole In Van Buren

    VAN BUREN, Ark. (KFSM) — The City of Van Buren is currently dealing with a sinkhole that appeared in the northbound lane of 4th Street near I-540. The City had to direct traffic for a short time while they patched the hole with a metal plate and the road is back open now. The city believes the floodwater had caused a sewer line under the road to sink a little, but they do not think the sinkhole is growing. The […]

  • Raw Interview With ODOT About Highway 64 Roland To Fort Smith

    Highway 64 from Roland to Fort Smith Eastbound remains closed with damage to two bridge overpass structures. There is no timeline on when the repairs will be made. The quickest way to get to Fort Smith from Eastern Oklahoma is I40 to the Dora Exit (64D) to the Garrison Bridge. -Garrett

  • Fort Smith Flash Flood Warning

    FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — Over two inches of rain has fallen in the Arkansas River Valley in the last hour. This has caused Flash Flooding across the Fort Smith Metro. The Flash Flood Warning is for Sebastian, Crawford, Sequoyah, Leflore, Johnson, Logan & Scott. Do not drive over areas where water covers the road! – Garrett

  • Afternoon Thunderstorms Underway

    Scattered thunderstorms have developed with daytime heating and will continue for the rest of the day. Most storms will fade around sunset or shortly thereafter. The main risk with showers and storms will be hail up to quarter size and winds up to 60mph. -Garrett

  • Afternoon Storms For Monday

    More storms are in the forecast for Monday. TIMING Storm chances will last 12PM-9PM. A few storms could turn severe with hail and gusty winds.  We are under a Level 1 (Marginal) severe risk. Showers and storms are possible most of the week. -Matt

  • SKY5 Helps Stranded Cat Over Arkansas River Flood

    The effects of the flood are felt from rural farms to to city homes. It’s even affected the smallest among us. This cat had been stranded on a roof above the raging Arkansas River for about a week. A Facebook post went viral so we set out to see if we could help. After brainstorming and old school McGyvering we came up with a contraption on SKY5 to fly food and water to the flooded feline. With approval from the […]

  • Arkansas River Crest Revised, Raised Again: 40.80ft June 1st at 1PM

    Hydrologists with NOAA working with the Corps of Engineers have revised the crest of the Arkansas based on recent rainfall. This increases the forecast to 40.80ft for 1pm on Saturday June 1st. -Garrett  

  • New Crest Forecast On Arkansas River Early Friday 40.50FT

    *The Arkansas River has passed the all-time highest river level of 38.1ft set in May of 1945. The river reached a crest of just under 40.26 feet Wednesday morning but will crest again around midnight late Thursday into Friday at 40.5ft according to new NWS projections.  This total includes rainfall expected in the next 18 hours*  Forecast level information is subject to change up or down depending on the flow from upstream. New information will be published as soon as […]

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